Racing yacht rescued on return to Portsmouth

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THE crew of a racing yacht were rescued after they ran into trouble on their return to Portsmouth on Friday night.

Two men on board 38ft racing yacht Rapscallion reported taking in a lot of water in the cabin area, with the bilge pumps just about keeping the water level down, when the vessel three miles south west of Selsey Bill, at around 11.20pm.

The RNLI lifeboat was sent out after reports the yacht was taking in water

The RNLI lifeboat was sent out after reports the yacht was taking in water

Solent Coastguards requested the RNLI Selsey Offshore lifeboat launch as a precaution.

The troubled yacht was two-and-a-half miles south of Langstone Harbour when the lifeboat was sent out.

The crew of the Rapscallion were happy to continue to Portsmouth Harbour with the lifeboat escorting them. After entering the harbour at around 12.50am, the yacht found a birth in Haslar Marina.

Once the Rapscallion was secured alongside and the skipper was happy, the lifeboat was released by Solent Coastguard to return to Selsey.